Florida to expand KidCare children’s health insurance but not Medicaid

Health insurance - Children's health care

State legislature is working to broaden eligibility for the kids’ coverage but not their uninsured parents. Lawmakers in Florida are working to expand the eligibility for the KidCare children’s health insurance program, but advocates are pointing out that the state won’t be following in North Carolina’s footsteps, where there was recently a vote to broaden Medicaid’s reach to an estimated 600,000 North Carolinians. It is unlikely that Florida will make similar changes to expand the availability of Medicaid in 2023, as has been the case in a number of Republican…

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More kids don’t have Utah health insurance in significant trend shift

Utah health insurance - Children

The number of uninsured children in the state spiked 20 percent over the last year. Utah health insurance is covered one fifth fewer children last year than it did the year before. This spike of 20 percent in uninsured kids is a part of a nationwide reversal of the improvements seen over previous years, says a new report. Kids had been seeing an increase in their health insurance coverage every year for nearly a decade. That positive coverage trend has now changed directions when it comes to Utah health insurance…

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More Americans have health plan coverage now than before Obamacare

Health plan coverage - Health Insurance Checkmark

Over 95 percent of American children now have medical coverage, which is a significant increase. On the whole, fewer Americans lack health plan coverage than was the case before the Affordable Care Act. That said, Americans in some states are more likely to be covered than others. Residents of pro-Trump states are less likely to have health insurance coverage than those in blue states. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) data, over 95 percent of children across the country are now have health plan coverage. Overall, the…

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Research shows decrease in number of children without health insurance

The economy has placed a growing number of children into homes below the poverty line, but a recent study has shown that over the last three years, the number of children who are uninsured in terms of health coverage has actually dropped by 1 million. The study was performed by Georgetown University, which just released the results. Several states have widened and/or simplified their eligibility for the Medicaid program for children. That, alone, was responsible for providing 1 million uninsured children with coverage in 2008, decreasing the number from 6.9…

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Recession spurs rate of insured children in the U.S., many more eligible for public plans

More children are receiving health insurance through public programs, according to a study from the University of New Hampshire. The economic recession took an unprecedented toll on society, driving many into the arms of unemployment. Unable to cover their children with health care benefits obtained through their jobs, parents have turned to government-sponsored programs to meet these needs. These private plans are providing much needed care for families struggling with a flagging economy. A team of researchers studied data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Their study reveals that the…

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